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An Arab summit on the throne of African football between Al-Ahly of Egypt and Wydad of Morocco


Cairo: African fans in general, and the Arab ones in particular, they prepare to know the team crowned on the throne of football in Africa questyear, when Egypt’s Al-Ahly will meet Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca tomorrow, Monday, at the African Champions League final. After two Arab teams qualified for the Amjad African Cup final, Arab football secured its continued monopoly on the championship title for club most important and strongest of the continent for the sixth and thirty-fourth consecutive edition in the history of the competition. And this has become the sixteenth edition in the history of the tournament, the first edition of which was launched in 1964, and the fifth in the last six editions, in where the final round is purely Arab, demonstrating the supremacy of Arab football over the continent’s stadiums in this moment. Arab football imposed its control over the Champions League during the decade in course, after his club they won the title in eight copies in the last ten years, while the Congolese Democratic Republic of Mazembe and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa broke this Arab dominance during that era by winning the title in 2015 and 2016 respectively. This is the second final between the two teams. in competition, after playing in the final of the 2017 edition, where Wydad won the title, after drawing 1-1 in the first leg at the Burj Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, before winning 1-0 in the match of return, played at the stadium (Mohamed V) in the city of Casablanca, which will host the match tomorrow, while this will be the third final between club Egyptians and Moroccans, after the Egyptian Zamalek won the championship in 2002, at the expense of the Moroccan Raja Casablanca in the final. Both teams are playing the match with different ambitions, as Al-Ahly is looking forward to a unique result by becoming the first team in Champions League history to win the title. in 3 consecutive editions, after having been close to achieving this success during the era of its former Portuguese manager, Manuel Jose, having won the 2005 and 2006 editions. If it were not for the defeat in the 2007 final against Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia. The Century Club in Africa, which has won the title in the last two editions at the expense of Zamalek and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa, wants to crown the title for the eleventh time in its history, to consolidate its leadership as the most successful club in championship. Al-Ahly is also looking to continue chasing Real Madrid in the race for the team with the most international titles in the world, as the Egyptian team have won 24 international titles so far, the latest of which was the Super Cup. ‘Africa last year at the expense of the Moroccan Raja Casablanca. Al-Ahly is currently in second place on the list of club with the most international titles, 3 titles behind Real Madrid (the leader), who were crowned on Saturday with the Champions League title questyear at Liverpool’s expense in the final match. Al-Ahly, who makes his fifteenth appearance in the Champions League final as the most participant in the finals, wants Egyptian football to dedicate its 17th Champions League title to improve its record of the most successful nation of the tournament. Al-Ahly, who has qualified for the fifth final in the last six years of the tournament, also realizes that winning the Champions League will give him a lot of confidence and stability after criticizing his players in the last period for the decline of his team. local results. Al-Ahly, who currently ranks third in the Egyptian league standings, has failed to score any wins in 4 consecutive league games, before taking a tough final 2/1 victory over his host Enppi in the last match at the local competition, to give him a good morale boost before taking on Waiting for Wydad. For his part, Wydad, who won the title in 1992 and 2017, aspires to match the success of his old rival, Raja, who has won the African Champions League three times. Certainly, Al-Kafet’s decision to play the match in the team’s stronghold of Wydad (Mohammed V Stadium), will give him an advantage – at least in moral terms – on Al-Ahly, which the Moroccan team will try to exploit during the match. Wydad tries to deprive Al-Ahly of getting on the podium again, as he dreams of winning the sixth international title in his history, having previously crowned the African Super Cup, the African Cup for club, the Cup Winners’ Cup and the Afro-Asian Cup once, in addition to the two Champions League titles. The team nicknamed “Widad Al-Ummah”, which participates in the final for the fifth time in its history and the third in the last six years, aims to give Moroccan football its seventh title in Champions League, to be unique in second place in the list of the most successful countries in the competition, which it currently shares with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tunisia. . Wydad seeks to end Al-Ahly’s unbeaten Champions League playoffs, continued in the last 23 games, since defeat zero/ 5 of the Egyptian team against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals of the 2019 edition, Al-Ahly scored 18 wins against 5 draws during the stages. Wydad’s results appear to be much better than Al-Ahly locally, as he currently is in leads the Moroccan Pro League with 53 points, 4 points in more than his closest followers, Raja, 6 rounds before the end of the tournament, which gives the team some confidence in coming out with a good result from tomorrow’s match. In terms of numbers, both teams played 12 games on the way to the final, where Al-Ahly got 6 wins, 4 draws and received 2 losses, while Wydad got 8 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. Al-Ahly scored 23 goals in the tournament campaign, conceding 11 goals, while Wydad scored 26 goals and conceded 9, making him superior to his opponent on an offensive and defensive level. Al-Ahly failed to score any playoff wins outside his stadium, having scored 3 draws, with a 1-1 draw with Niger champion National Guard in the round of 32, and with the same result with Raja Casablanca in the quarter-finals and 2/2 with ES Setif Algeria in the golden square. On the other hand, Wydad contented themselves with getting only one win under their rules in the knockout stage, when they defeated Hearts. of Oak of Ghana 6/1, in the round of 32, and drew without a goal with Chabab Belouizdad of Algeria and Petro Atlético of Angola 1/1 in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively. It will be the eleventh confrontation between Al-Ahly and Wydad in Champions League, where the Egyptian team is in advantage by getting 4 wins over the opponent, satisfied with having obtained two wins, while the draw ended with another 4 meetings between the two teams, knowing that Al-Ahly scored 13 goals against the Moroccan team, who scored 9 goals against its Egyptian counterpart. Tomorrow’s match will be the 65th in the history of club Egyptians and Moroccans in various continental competitions, where Egyptian teams scored 30 wins, scored 75 goals, compared to 16 wins for Moroccan teams, who scored 54 goals, while the same draw was imposed on 18 games. Al-Ahly has played 27 previous matches against club Moroccans, during which he got 11 wins and 10 draws, while he won 6 defeats, his players scored 34 goals and scored 24 goals. As for Wydad, he played 17 games with Egyptian teams, during which he scored 5 wins, 4 draws and 8 defeats, his players scored 19 goals and conceded 26 goals. Al-Ahly kept his record of unbeaten against club Moroccans since the defeat against Wydad in the second leg of the 2017 edition, in the last six games against them have obtained 3 wins and 3 draws. As for Wydad, who lost 0/2 to Al-Ahly, is back in Morocco and 1/3 in Egypt in the last two races against the Red Team in the semi-finals of the competition version in 2020, has regained a lot of confidence in the club Egyptians, especially after the victory over Zamalek 3/1 in Casablanca and 1 / Zero in Cairo, during the two rounds of the edition in course of the competition. Interestingly, the winning team will play in the African Super match against the Moroccan Renaissance Berkane, which quest’year won the Confederation Cup for the second time in its history, after defeating the Orlando Pirates of South Africa on penalties in the final match of the tournament. (Dpa)


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